SeaWorld Orlando – Summer Spectacular

All new for 2023 is SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Spectacular which begins on Memorial Day weekend and continues on select dates through the summer. 

Formerly known as Electric Ocean, SeaWorld’s Summer Spectacular is held during summer month and typically runs on select nights from Memorial Day weekend to around Labor Day weekend.  Guests will enjoy a host of summer themed entertainment with special shows, music, and an end of the night fireworks / light show spectacular.

Like most of SeaWorld special events, Summer Spectacular is not a separately ticketed event and is free to all existing ticket holders, Fun Cards or Annual Pass holders.  

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SeaWorld Orlando Summer Spectacular

For 2023 the Summer Spectacular at SeaWorld Orlando will run on select nights from May 27th and extend until September 4, 2023.  The specific dates for this years summer spectacular are:

  • Memorial Day Weekend – May 27th to May 29th
  • Friday to Sunday – June 2nd to June 4th
  • Friday to Sunday – June 9th to June 11th
  • Daily – June 16th to August 6th
  • Friday to Sunday – August 11th to August 13th
  • Friday to Sunday – August 18th to August 20th
  • Friday to Sunday – August 25th to August 27th
  • Labor Day Weekend – September 1st to September 4th

This year SeaWorld appears to have scaled back it’s Summer Spectacular, focusing on animal experiences as well as the opening of the all-new Pipeline: The Surf Coaster.  However, some of the prior year’s still remain.

Ignite Fireworks

The Ignite Fireworks show is one Orlando’s best fireworks shows.  With a dazzling display of pyrotechnics, lights / lasers, fountains and music (not to mention fireworks), this show is just not to be missed.

This show can be seen from The Waterfront near the Flamecraft Bar, the Orca Encounter Pathway and Bayside Stadium.  Ignite typically begins at either 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM and is held only on Electric Ocean evenings.  Check the daily schedule for the time on the day of your visit.


Surf Holiday at Nautilus Theater

All new for 2023 is a live stage show called Surf Holiday at Nautilus Theater.  This new show features singing and dancing with a storyline about the amazing nature of the living ocean.

Concert Series

Recently announced for 2023 is SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Spectacular Concert Series. This year’s line up is as follows:

  • July 8th – English Beat
  • July 9th – Little River Band
  • July 15th – Pop Evil
  • July 16th – Foghat
  • July 22nd – Don Felder
  • July 23rd – Rodney Atkins
  • July 29th – Maddie & Tae
  • July 30th – Jesse McCartney
  • August 5th – A Flock of Seagulls
  • August 6th – Skillet

Concerts start at 6:00 PM and held in the Nautilus Theater.  As with all SeaWorld concerts, the Summer Spectacular Concert Series is free with park admission. 

Specialty Food & Drinks

Guests will be able to enjoy a number of specialty food and drinks that are available at 10 different locations throughout the parks.

  • Smugglers
  • Cafe’ de Mar
  • New Orleans COrner
  • Nathan’s
  • Coaster Cocktails
  • Sand Bar Snacks
  • Grey Goose Tasting
  • Flats
  • Beer Gardens
  • Bayside Snacks

These food and beverage venues are open on select dates from 11:30 AM to park closing.

Club Sea Glow

Everyone loves a glow party so starting at 8:00 PM at Bayside Stadium during Electric Ocean dates is Club Sea Glow.  Guests will enjoy a high energy party featuring a live DJ, dancers and performers while waiting for the fireworks to start.

Prior Years Electric Ocean Celebrations

Prior years Electric Ocean featured a number of summer themed entertainment and shows which really were fun to see.  These included:

  • Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night
  • Touch the Sky (Dolphin Show)
  • Sea Lions Tonite
  • Club Sea Glow
  • IGNITE Fireworks and Fountains Spectacular
  • Live Concerts

Shamu’s Celebration – Light Up the Night

Shamu’s “LIGHT UP THE NIGHT” is a high energy show features a number of SeaWorld’s famous Orcas (killer whales) performing to amazing music and a spectacular light show.

Watch our video of the FINAL Light up the Night show on January 1, 2019.

Back in 2016 SeaWorld announced that it is planning to close the Orca (killer whale) shows due to pressure from a number of animal protection groups.  The show in SeaWorld San Diego closed in March 2017 and the shows in Orlando and San Antonio were planned to close by the end of 2019.

The Shamu show has been one of the centerpieces of the SeaWorld parks since originally debuting in the 1960s at the San Diego park.  If this is truly the end of the Shamu show in its entirety, you should make the time to visit SeaWorld this summer as the 2019 “Light Up the Night” show could very well be the last summer show for Shamu and the Orcas. 

Touch the Sky Dolphin (Show)

Touch the Sky is a wonderful show that features SeaWorld’s amazing dolphins.  Unlike the Orca shows at SeaWorld, trainers actually get in the water and perform with the dolphins which makes for a truly amazing show.  Both the dolphins and the trainers really look like they are having a great time performing for the audience.

Beyond the dolphins there is a little twist with a number of exotic birds flying over the crowd towards the end of the show.   They do get pretty close so don’t pick up your hands when they are flying over you.

IGNITE Fireworks & Fountains Spectacular

And to cap off the night is the fireworks & fountains spectacular called “IGNITE”.  Ignite is one of the best fireworks shows in all of the Florida theme parks.  From amazing music to brilliant colors of the of the sea & sky, this show is not to be missed.

So take up a seat at Bayside Stadium at 9:30 pm and enjoy the show.  On weekend nights the park gets crowded so try and get there early for a great spot.  If the wind is blowing and you are near the water, prepare to get wet as those fountains spray quite a long ways into the air.

POP Bubble Show

One of the Electric Ocean shows which is no longer featured is the POP Bubble Show staring bubble master Fan Yang.  This show is truly a kids dream with amazing bubbles, lights music and lasers.  Fan Yang is also quite a character and very funny but that should not be surprising from a man that has made a career in blowing bubbles.  And at the end of the show, you will be fully immersed in a sea of bubbles.

Let’s hope that SeaWorld brings this show back for another round of bubble magic!  Not only is it a great show, but a nice break from the summer heat in central Florida.   As it is inside within the Nautilus Theatre, the show runs in any weather so when the typical afternoon storms come rolling through, that’s a great time to see this show.  

Where to stay for Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld does not have an true “on site” hotels but there are a number of Official SeaWorld Orlando hotels and SeaWorld Partner hotels in the immediate area.  For a full list of these properties, CLICK HERE.

Our favorite hotel when staying at SeaWorld is the   Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.  This hotel is amazing with over 750 rooms surrounding a 10 story lobby / atrium, huge pool area with kids splash park and a number of great formal and casual dining options. We did a complete hotel video tour and review which you can find by  CLICKING HERE.

The Renaissance is right across the street from SeaWorld and it is just a short walk across the parking area.  Since it is an Official SeaWorld Hotel, you get a complimentary one time Quick Queue pass which lets you bypass the long lines on a number of the best rides.

Typically you can find rooms at the Renaissance for less than $150 per night plus tax but resort fees and parking can exceed more than $50 a night.  So if that is out of your budget, be sure to check the rates and availability on the many other “Official” and “Partner” hotels at SeaWorld Orlando.  


Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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